Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.
Let's get to it.
Great question! We certainly share similar hopes, wanting to spread the love for this team and this great game of hockey. I've thought about what I would say, seeking to be both succinct and convincing. Here goes …
20 years. 20 years is arguably a generation, a generation that has seen the birth and growth of hockey in North Carolina, and the Carolina Hurricanes are central in that. The Hurricanes brought the first and only professional sports title to the state in 2006, igniting a passion for hockey among wide-eyed kids and their parents from the mountains to the coast. The game today is a beautiful blend of speed and skill, and the Hurricanes are assembling a team that can succeed in that style. The Canes are young and hungry, and a Redvolution is upon us, ready to build on the foundations of success laid in this state. 20 years of hockey, and what's next? Come find out.
We'll have you covered, as always, with all things Expansion Draft. Here are some key dates to keep in mind in the next week.
- Saturday, June 17: The deadline for each club to submit its protection list to the league is at 5 p.m. EST.
- Sunday, June 18: The protection lists will be distributed to each club at 10 a.m. EST (and probably to the public then, as well, or soon after)
- Wednesday, June 21: Vegas must submit their selections by 10 a.m. EST, and the expansion picks will be announced in conjunction with the NHL Awards at 8 p.m. EST
You'll know all the news - who has been exposed for potential selection and then who has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights - when we know the news, so keep it locked on CarolinaHurricanes.com.
I offered a tiny tease of 20th anniversary plans back in Tweetmail No. 135, and here is what I can offer now: information is coming very, very soon. Like, real soon. So stay tuned for that - I think you'll like what we have in store.
(Digging into the archive for this one. Remember, I save all your questions! If I don't get to it one week, I could very well answer it the next, or in this case, a month later.)
If you haven't seen the first official teaser image of the new Adidas sweaters, check it out below.
And the date? June 20, 2017. Soon. We may or may not tease some more between now and then. Maybe.
I'm going to try not to lose all of my money. I think that's a good goal. Also, I'm going to find an In-N-Out.
Absolutely not. A hot dog is a hot dog. Not a sandwich. Don't @ me.
Well, you can always rely on #Tweetmail, each and every Wednesday, unless I'm on vacation. And, it's open season as far as player movement goes, so you never know what the Canes might do.
Oh, and rumor has it that Mike Maniscalco and I will be jumping behind microphones soon to do a little something that begins with a p and ends in odcasting.
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
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